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BTN LiveBIG: Best of … Ohio State

Bold. Brilliant. Benevolent. Or, in a word, Buckeyes. Across the country, people often think “sports powerhouse” when they think of The Ohio State University. And make no mistake: The school’s earned that reputation by winning the first-ever playoff for the college football national championship last year and turning in several outstanding performances on the gridiron and in several other sports for several decades now. But those who are part of this close-knit community — whether they live in Columbus, Colorado Springs or Corpus Christi — know that OSU has more to offer than top-notch athletics. Much more. Here are some

BTN LiveBIG: Ohio State astronomers track a 'super' spectacle in space

It was a discovery of epic proportions — so much so that the people who saw it had to pull examples from science fiction in order to describe it. Ohio State astronomy professor Krzysztof Stanek and his colleagues were recently the first to observe what could be the largest supernova ever viewed from Earth. To illustrate the significance of this possible exploding star, Stanek turns to — what else? — a “Star Wars” reference. “The Death Star can destroy a planet in one second,” he said of the Empire’s ultimate weapon. “This supernova is like a million Death Stars. If

BTN LiveBIG: Ohio State scientist studies the largest explosions in the universe

Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums and faculty are taking to work. It’s nature’s greatest fireworks display: the supernova death of a bright, rare supergiant Wolf-Rayet star — already several hundred times larger in diameter than our own sun — which sends white-hot astroparticles flying millions of miles in multiple directions at close to the speed of light. For Mauricio Bustamante, a postdoctoral fellow at Ohio State’s Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (CCAPP),